Born: Ronald Alexander Pavellas, 7 January 1937, San Francisco, California.
Parents: Artemis Helen Pagonis (1918-2008); Conrad Harpending Pavellas (1913-2000). Sibling: Diane Helen Pavellas (1942-2011)
Education: public schools in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Berkeley (California); master’s degree in public health (MPH), with an emphasis in hospital management (U.C. Berkeley, 1965).
Military: US Navy, 1954-1958; electronics technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31, 1956-1957.
Marriages: Patricia, 1959-1971; Mary, 1973-1994; Eva, 2002.
Children: Andrea, 1963; Gregory, 1967; Matthew, 1976; Alexander, 1981; Analiese, 1983. Employment: 1951-1963, many entry level and a few semi-skilled jobs; 1964-2002, hospitals, medical groups and related organizations, mostly as chief executive.
Consulting and teaching: occasionally, from around 1975.
Professional: officer of non-profit boards, hospital associations, and medical group advocacy organizations. Presented papers to the National Commission on Public General Hospitals, 1977-78. Testimony to government bodies in California and Alaska. Member of state commissions on hospital and medical care. Expert testimony in court and in legal hearings. Teacher of management at two California universities, and to private and community organizations. Founding Chairman of the County Hospital Committee of the California Hospital Association, 1978. Founding president of the English speaking Rotary Club in Stockholm, 2003.
Since retirement at age 70 : Since 2009 I have published articles in a what started as a general-topic magazine (weblog) named The Pavellas Perspective, the same name I used for my now extinct management consulting company. Over time, I published other blogs for specific categories of writings. I have written poems, short stories, memoirs, and a family history. I have lived in Stockholm since 2002. Editor and Contributor to Raft of Leaves, an anthology of writings published in 2021 by the Stockholm Writers Group, Sweden.
Peculiar Stories and Declarations
Hello Ron, This message is coming to you from Princeton, Ky., I hope that will ring a bell for you. Our local history and genealogy library, where I work is trying to pull together all our information about your family the Harpending’s. I am hoping so much you will clear up one particular thing for me. Asbury Harpending Sr., his wives, the first being Mary Puckett Odgen, I know about her. Next number two, I am not sure about getting her name correctly…Nancy Wright (Jones) Stubblefield, Clark, she went by Ann. I am guessing this can’t be right, this is what I have been able to pull out of others research. Was there a third and fourth wife? If you can fill me in, I would so appreciate your help. I know there are lots of people who have written about the Harpending family. But so many differ about the facts. I am hoping you can clear this up. Let me thank you in advance.
Jane Van Hooser
I’ll respond by email.
This is Yoshi from the Stockholm Writers Group – it was lovely to see you both, albeit briefly, yesterday.
All the best,
I just saw this! 8:23 PM, 4 August, 2022